Rehabilitation can require months and even years of effort, and the fruits of the journey can be especially sweet, notes Dr. Darlene Holloway, a naturopath and founder of the Alternative Health Center of Cary.
In her mid-fifties, Eleanor—a real client with an assumed name—began taking a medication cocktail to deal with strong and unpleasant menopausal symptoms. The results were amazing and consequential.
Over a six-month period, Eleanor lost 70 pounds and more than half of the hair on her head. And she had become allergic to almost everything. “Doctors were baffled—they simply couldn’t figure out what was going on,” she recalls. “I kept breaking out with terrible rashes, and finally I had to wear a mask outside of my home to help curb my sensitivities.”
In this weakened condition, she found her way to Dr. Holloway and, she says, “I knew almost instantly that I had come to the right person in the right place. It is a healing environment, and she is a healing presence.”
Dr. Holloway, noted for her skill and experience with colonic irrigation and other detox modalities, was, like her professional colleagues, at a loss to quickly explain the physical, mental, and emotional issues presented by her new client. “But I felt certain that a gentle, thoughtful, balanced detoxification program offered the best chance for improving her condition.”
It was a slow journey to recovery and rehabilitation, but detoxification—with colonic irrigation, ion cleanse, and manual lymphatic drainage massage—has, many months later, brought Eleanor to a place where she now feels “90 percent normal. After two years, I have my hair back. I’ve regained the lost weight. I care for my grandchildren almost every day. I long ago was able to set aside my facial mask; I can eat regular foods and a balanced diet, and can pretty much engage in whatever activities I like. In other words, thanks to this work and this woman, I have my life back.”
Chemical sensitivities offer a special challenge, notes Dr. Holloway. “If the causative agent is in the interstitial fluids of the body, the organs of the body, or in the colon, if it is not flushed out then healing cannot take place. It simply recirculates. If the colon is not eliminating on a regular, effective basis, the causing agent will simply recycle. And recycling the second time in the liver is more harmful than the first time.
“So even if bowels are moving on a daily basis, if a client has harmful chemicals or reactive medications or pesticides in their system, they need increased bowel movements to eliminate the source of the problem. Often, people take cleansing products, but that doesn’t help flush out toxins from the other bodies and organ systems. Juicing is often helpful, but you cannot prescribe juicing over the phone. Each person is different, each health condition is different, and they need to be evaluated and treated individually.
“This is, very often, a long-distance run and not a sprint. In my experience, it takes almost ten times as long to heal as it does to get sick. Understandably, everyone is looking for a quick fix, but quick fixes are not healings and we care about healing of mind, body, and spirit. We’re looking at the body as an inter-related whole instead of treating a symptom. If we treat a symptom, we can get caught up in a vicious feedback loop: symptom, cause, effect. Our goal is not simply to relieve a symptom. Our goal is to promote true health and healing.”
Her clients understand why she was named, in 2009, as Colon Therapist of the Year by the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy.
For more information about colon hydrotherapy and other therapies offered at the center, contact:
ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CENTER OF CARY
919 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27511
Telephone: (919) 380-0023